Power Show Ohio coming to Ohio Expo Center
by KATE LIEBERS
Civitas News Service
Agricultural supply enthusiasts are invited to unite at the annual Power Show Ohio —the state’s largest indoor farming, construction and gardening equipment exhibition.
“I think (visitors) would be impressed with the mixture of equipment,” said Dennis Alford, Power Show manager. “There’s a lot of specialty type of equipment that you might not get to see just going to an equipment dealer.”
Sponsored by the Ohio-Michigan Equipment Dealers Association, the exhibit features tools, supplies and computer software from more than 600 brand name companies. In years past, attendees have browsed products such as all terrain vehicles, baling equipment, chippers and shredders, excavators, fertilizer, generators, hydraulic equipment, irrigation equipment, livestock equipment, mowers, pressure washers, rakes, seeds and seeders, tanks, tractors, tillers and more.
The products will be displayed throughout three buildings in the Expo Center — a total of about 300,000 square feet — to accommodate the growth the exhibit has experienced in its 43 years.
As part of that growth, the exhibit – which originally showcased only agricultural equipment – has included more lawn and outdoor equipment, Alford said.
He said whether attendees are hobby farmers or professional construction employees, the show caters to a variety of audiences.
Additionally, visitors have a chance to listen to seminars and to speak with manufacture representatives.
“You get an opportunity to maybe learn some things about the equipment that you may not be able to otherwise,” Alford said.
Throughout the three-day event, educational seminars are to cover topics such as farmland preservation, crop nutrient management and its effects on water, barn rehabilitation, farm safety, small engine maintenance.
OhioProud is scheduled to conduct cooking demonstrations and a “Now and Then” display is to feature antique tractors and their modern day counterparts.
For the show’s younger audience, a National Kiddie Tractor Pull will be held. The contestants, ages three to eight years old, compete by pulling a weighted sled behind a miniature pedal tractor.
The show is slated to take place from Jan. 25 to 27 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus. Daily show hours are between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Admission and parking is $10 per carload. A $2 discount is available upon request at various equipment dealers and County Extension offices. A complete list of where coupons are available can be accessed at www.omeda.org/powershow/old/ohio.html.
More information about the show is available at www.PowerShowOhio.com.